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CommentaryAn Open Letter on BRAC
CNAS CEO Michèle Flournoy and Director of Studies Shawn Brimley signed a bipartisan open letter urging Congress to authorize a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round. The u...
By Michele Flournoy & Shawn Brimley
To Keep Control of the Seas and the World, Trump Must Rebuild the Navy
It is time for the United States to respond strongly to aggressions upon the high seas and demonstrate its continued command of the oceans. American resolve will deter aggress...
By Jerry Hendrix
The Future of War is Fast Approaching in the Pacific: Are the U.S. Military Services Ready?
Is the era of unparalleled U.S. conventional military superiority coming to an end? Many senior U.S. military leaders are worried. The ongoing general proliferation of precisi...
By Michael Horowitz
CommentaryCNAS CEO Michèle Flournoy in The Washington Post
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, a former Marine Corps general, said recently, “America has two fundamental powers, the power of intimidation and the power of inspiration.” We co...
By Michele Flournoy
This Time, Not for Prestige: The Space Race in the 21st Century
Why is everyone in such a rush to take giant leaps with space? NASA is examining the possibility of sending a crew on its first Space Launch System–Orion test flight. China an...
By Adam Routh
NATO Must Strengthen Its Anti-Submarine Capabilities to Meet the Russian Threat
The Russian Bear has emerged from a long hibernation to threaten American and NATO interests with highly capable submarines in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. But neither the ...
By Jerry Hendrix
Getting the Pentagon’s Next National Defense Strategy Right
A small Pentagon team has started working on the next National Defense Strategy that, if properly scoped and staffed, will be an important tool for Secretary of Defense Jim Ma...
By Shawn Brimley
Geography and the Coming US-China War at Sea
Soon, steel-hulled ships will clash in battle. Missiles belching fire will rise quickly from launch tubes, rapidly gathering speed and maneuverability before slamming into ene...
By Jerry Hendrix & Robert Bateman
The President, the Pentagon, and the People
Carl von Clausewitz wrote, “Its dominant tendencies always make war a paradoxical trinity, composed of primordial violence, hatred, and enmity. . . .The first of these three a...
By Sean Liedman
The Killer Robot Debate
Advances in technology have transformed modern armies. But as robotics and artificial intelligence progress, so do the chances that militaries will be able to develop ‘killer...
By Paul Scharre
CommentaryLessons from the QDDR for Secretary Tillerson’s Reorganization of the State Department
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week announced that he is launching a new initiative to reorganize the State Department. In launching this initiative, Tillerson is walki...
By Peter Harrell
The Role of the Commander-in-Chief
I really just see the bigness of it all, but also the responsibility. And the human responsibility. You know, the human life that’s involved in some of the decisions.” — Presi...
By Loren DeJonge Schulman & Janine Davidson
Here’s How Trump’s ‘Axis of Adults’ Weathered the First 100 Days
Amongst the chaos and the tweets, some of the more reassuring steps of the first 100 days of the Donald Trump presidency were the appointments of Secretary of Defense James Ma...
By Ilan Goldenberg
We Need Mutually Assured Destruction
The United States and Russia — and before it, the Soviet Union — have been in a nuclear standoff since 1949. This 68-year-old standoff has been very tense at times, such as du...
By Alexander Velez-Green
PodcastAlexander Velez Green Discusses Russia's Strategic Debate on Pre-emption
Alexander Velez-Green, research associate with the CNAS Defense Strategies and Assessments Program, discusses his report on Russia's strategic debate on a doctrine of pre-empt...
By Alexander Velez-Green & Neal Urwitz
It's not just Europe: The DoD has a lot riding on the French elections, too
It is not just Europe and the European Union that have something at stake in the outcome of the French elections. One of French President François Hollande’s legacies is the c...
By Jacqueline Ramos & Jim Townsend
Below Glideslope: The MQ-25 Stingray Appears to be Heading for a Ramp Strike
Even as reports surface of American supercarriers and their embarked air-wings hurriedly steaming towards the Korean peninsula, the saga of the Navy’s carrier based unmanned a...
By Jerry Hendrix
The Mysterious Case of the Wayward Aircraft Carrier
There is a sobering reality beyond this week’s strange “Where’s Waldo?” story of the USS Carl Vinson and its strike group: For a period of time, significant confusion existed ...
By Phillip Carter
Keeping Up Civ-Mil Relations
James Mattis was sworn in as secretary of defense in what is arguably one of the more fraught periods in civil-military relations in decades. While civilian control in the Uni...
By Loren DeJonge Schulman & Mara Karlin
Don't Celebrate Dropping The 'MOAB' In Afghanistan - It's Just More Of The Same
Last week's utilization of a 21,000 pound bomb to destroy an ISIS cave complex in Afghanistan was oddly met with jubilation. But as the dust settles, both literally and metaph...
By Dr. Jason Dempsey